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Road Test of 2022 Maserati Levante Trofeo: The Powerhouse Beast

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Maserati is gearing up for the upcoming switch to a completely electric lineup by 2030. However, enthusiasts can still revel in the marvel of the V8-powered Levante Trofeo until then.

The 2022 Maserati Levante Trofeo boasts a robust design and vibrant color choices, such as the striking Urban Green variant we tested. With its defined lines and sleek roof contour, the Levante Trofeo presents itself as a fashionable SUV, but the real excitement lies beneath the surface.

Under the hood, the Maserati Levante Trofeo houses a Ferrari-crafted twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine that pumps out 580 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. This V8 is truly exceptional. Each turbocharger has its own intercooler, and Maserati has made several upgrades to the V8 compared to the version in the Quattroporte GTS, including a revamped cylinder head.

The V8 delivers instantaneous response, devoid of any turbo lag, and offers a consistent power distribution. With a redline of 6,700 rpm, the V8 eagerly revs up. Power is transferred to all four wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. While the transmission efficiently selects gears in normal mode, it becomes more prompt in Sport and Corsa drive modes.

The Levante Trofeo accelerates from 0-60 mph in a mere 3.8 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 187 mph. It practically begs for an exhilarating drive. The captivating exhaust note emanating from the Levante Trofeo adds to the overall experience. Crank up the volume in Corsa mode for an even more thrilling soundtrack.

Beyond the powertrain, the Levante Trofeo’s chassis exhibits a sporty feel that surpasses typical SUV expectations. Its steering is precise and quick, with minimal body roll. However, the air suspension of the Levante feels unsettled in default mode, swinging between floaty and harsh rides. Luckily, the Sport and Trofeo modes enhance the suspension characteristics. In essence, the high-performing V8 and impressive driving dynamics make the Levante Trofeo a joy to drive, despite areas that may require improvement.

The Levante Trofeo may not excel in fuel efficiency, with a modest rating of 13 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

Inside, an 8.4-inch touchscreen equipped with the Maserati Touch Control Plus system serves as the focal point. The infotainment system performs admirably, though it appears somewhat outdated compared to competitors boasting larger screens.

While the interior materials exude luxury with premium leather and Alcantara elements, certain details feel less sophisticated. The plastic trim around the center console and the carbon-fiber accents come off as a tad cheap. Noteworthy are the components borrowed from Stellantis, like the windshield wiper stalk and window switches, which detract from the overall premium feel.

Despite its sports car DNA, the Levante Trofeo offers ample space for passengers in both rows, ensuring sufficient legroom and headroom for all. The only drawback is the limited cargo capacity due to the sloping roofline, offering 20.5 cubic feet of space, which falls short of rivals’ standards.

The base price for the 2022 Maserati Levante Trofeo commences at $157,695, inclusive of destination charges. Opting for the Rosso Magma color could substantially raise the price by an additional $17k. With additional upgrades, the overall cost could escalate to over $170k, making it a substantial investment.

In conclusion, the Levante Trofeo impresses as a potent sport SUV, highlighted by its commanding engine and engaging driving dynamics. The transition to a fully electric lineup poses an interesting challenge, and Maserati must maintain its performance legacy in the future.

Image Source: VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock

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